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Robin Thicke on 'Blurred Lines' & Going on Hiatus: 'I Had Lost My Way'

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Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke recently sat down for his first post-"Blurred Lines"-verdict interview with the New York Times, in which he opened up about many of his recent struggles -- both legal and otherwise.

Regarding the conclusion of a California jury this spring -- that "Blurred Lines" infringed on the copyright of Marvin Gaye's 1977 single "Got to Give it Up" -- Thicke told the Times he "was surprised. Very surprised."

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"Obviously, that’s why we’re appealing," he said. "I know the difference between inspiration and theft. I’m constantly inspired, but I would never steal. And neither would Pharrell."

Thicke also admitted that his own deposition, where he attempted to distance himself from the song's creation, was "careless."

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"I didn’t give my all to the trial. It simply wasn’t as important to me as what was going on in my personal life," he said, referencing his divorce from actress Paula Patton. "I was lost at the time. I had lost my way."

The singer elaborated on his lowest point, which he says came in June 2014 following a performance at the BET Awards. During the show, Thicke serenaded his ex-wife Patton with one of the many songs dedicated to her on his last album Paula. "What I thought was romantic was just embarrassing," he said of the performance. "So I shut everything down. I took some time off to be with my son and to be with my family and close friends. And the more time I took off, the more everything became clear."

Read the full interview at the New York Times.